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Vancouver Food Bank donations running low

12/24/2014 04:35 EST | Updated 02/23/2015 05:59 EST
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank could use some help this holiday season.

CEO Aart Shuurman Hess said donations were down 50 percent as of November, and are still down 18 per compared to last year at this time.

"We need to refill the warehouse and make sure we can stretch for the next couple of months the food that we have available here," he said.

Hess said the food bank feeds about 28 thousand people a week, but even as he spoke a crew from East Van Moving was dropping off 2,000 kilograms of food.

Shurrman doesn't think the food bank's shortage has anything to do with people's generosity.

"I think a lot of people are really busy," he said.  "And of course a lot of other great organizations out there, are also looking for donations."

Shurrman said non-perishable food  for the food bank can be dropped off at any supermarket in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster.

Cash donations go even further.

"We have incredible buying power," he said. We support local farms and we can turn that one dollar into about three dollars worth of food."

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